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Rebels Reflection: "Brothers of the Broken Horn" (Season 2, Episode 4)

Posted by Justin on November 5, 2015 at 12:26 PM CST

Mindless Philosopher

With "Brothers of the Broken Horn", Star Wars Rebels continued to explore the theme of purpose. This time focusing on Ezra, whose purpose may be of more significance than any member of the Ghost's crew.

He's only begun to discover his power. Watch Kanan's expression anytime Ezra reacts by (instead of concentrating on) using the Force. You'll notice a mix of fascination and fear in his eyes every time. His apprentice is pure, raw, untapped Force potential, and he doesn't quite know how to handle it. He only has his (incomplete) Jedi training to reference when teaching Ezra, and that may not be enough.

So when Ezra expresses dissatisfaction with training as a Jedi or a soldier, when he rejects both of his mentors (I include Rex), what does that mean?

I don't know… but I love it.

Whether they continue down this path with the character or not, I love that Ezra is acknowledging the possibility that his destiny may lie along a different path. A path separate than the traditional definition of what it means to be a Jedi. Because it opens up infinite possibilities for what Force users are and will be in the Star Wars galaxy going forward.

A lot of us have gotten so used to the idea of Jedi, Sith, and the like that we often can't see another way until creators present us with new options. And even then, we sometimes have a trouble accepting them. Read the comments of past Rebels Reflections, some fans (because we're ALL fans, regardless of differing opinions) still have issues with the idea that Force users are more numerous during the original trilogy era than we originally believed.

Ezra represents change for Star Wars, both in and out of the story. Bridging the prequel and original trilogies while possibly laying the foundation for what it means to be a Force user in the sequel trilogy era. He's not a Jedi, or a soldier, or a pirate, and that's perfect.

Every person who commands the Force can't be the galaxy's last hope.

Questions That Need Answering

What is Ezra's ultimate destiny? I thought for a long time that his presence diminished the significance of Luke Skywalker, but with The Force Awakens just around the corner I'm beginning to believe that Ezra's journey may complement and even enhance the story of the Son of Suns.

Random Observations

• Chopper wielding dual guns, chasing down someone whilst shooting at them. We all knew this day would come, didn't we?

• Vizago's deactivated guards, the smoke hanging in the air of the ship, Hondo's sketchy answers… was I the only one who suspected Hondo killed Vizago until Ezra found him?

• Ezra came a long way in this episode. I really enjoyed watching him on his own and hope we get other episodes

Homework

Watch: Star Wars: The Clone Wars- "Revival" (Season 5, Episode 1)
Without a doubt, Hondo Ohnaka's finest episode (and there are many fine Hondo episodes). When Darth Maul and Savage Oppress take over Hondo's pirate gang, Obi-Wan and Adi Gallia attempt to capture the former Sith Lord. The quintessential Hondo Ohnaka quote comes from this episode.

In Conclusion
That's the truth about "Brothers of the Broken Horn"… from my point of view. What's yours?

All wings, report in below with your own thoughts and opinions, or talk Star Wars with me on Twitter @TheApexFan!

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